During this conversation, we’ll explore the relationship between industrialists such as Ford and the Third Reich, demonstrating how financiers the world over backed the Nazis - primarily out of fear of losing their riches to a Communist ascension, with anti-Semitism either tolerated or enthusiastically embraced. We’ll uncover how household names in Germany and beyond–Thyssen, Krupp, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, I.G. Farben, IBM, Bayer, BMW–lent their support to the Third Reich, and how mildly they were punished for such collaborations. We’ll see how these corporations and their successors have succeeded in repressing research on these issues for decades, so that recent revelations–such as that pertaining to the family which owns the Krispy Kreme doughnut franchise–prove to be serious shocks, calling into question our own corporate loyalties to this day.
Led by an expert on modern German history, Dr. Finn Ballard, this Conversation will illuminate the connections between Adolf Hitler and the corporations which backed him. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the nuanced history of the finances who lent support to the Third Reich.
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About Your Expert
Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
As always, a very informative and enlightening lecture by Dr. Ballard.
Super informative talk with Finn. Very knowledgeable about the subject and very personable. Would definitely recommend it.
what a shock to learn that so many companies we deal with today got away with being Nazi allies!
Informative , engrossing .
He was engaging, amusing, knowledgeable. My first experience with Context. Will sign on for many more.